Gracemere unlikely to get a high school in next five years

Discussing the prospects of a high school at Gracemere are, from left, Gary Lynch, Jeff McArthur, John-Paul Langbroek, Ron Norman and Mary Carroll. Photo Contributed
Discussing the prospects of a high school at Gracemere are, from left, Gary Lynch, Jeff McArthur, John-Paul Langbroek, Ron Norman and Mary Carroll. Photo Contributed

GRACEMERE'S urgent calls for a secondary school over the past three years have been doused and pushed back by at least five years.

A Newman Government release, showing a second round of demand maps where future schools could be needed across Queensland over the next two decades, stated it could be at least five years before a high school was even considered for the rapidly-expanding Gracemere.

However, the absence of a new high school in the area won't be all doom and gloom for Gracemere.

The Rockhampton SA3 Primary School map shows Gracemere would have additional capacity for a new primary school within the next eight years to accommodate a projected growth rate of 550 children by 2021.

According to the Rockhampton SA3 Secondary map, capacity at other Rockhampton high schools would be enough to accommodate the growth rate of secondary students in Gracemere over the next eight years.

It said "ongoing monitoring (by the State Government) was needed towards the year 2021 to ascertain whether a new secondary school was needed.

In the second decade, 2021-2031, demand for a Gracemere high school would depend on whether capacity was built by 2021.

The maps showed the State Government could set its sights on expanding a high school in Parkhurst- Kawana in the next decade to accommodate a projected growth rate of 332 high school students in that area by 2021.

Between the 2021-2031 decade there could be enough capacity to expand an existing high school or build a new one in the Emu Park-Yeppoon region, the maps stated.

The maps showed that up to 20 primary and eight secondary schools could be needed by 2031 in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Ipswich, Springfield, Brisbane south, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek announced the latest analysis of development hot spots by the Queensland Schools Planning Commission.

A new mapping tool showing school population projections across the state is now available on the Queensland Schools Planning Commission website.

Residents can enter their address online to see where current schools are located, what the projected change in school population will be and where proposed land developments are located for the two decade periods of 2011 to 2021 and 2021 to 2031. In September last year, Gracemere residents submitted more than 3000 signatures in a petition to Mr Langbroek, for a new secondary school, but that wasn't enough to convince him.

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